IPP Stainless Steel Fasteners  

specialist UK manufacturer of fully-certified and fully traceable bolting to customer specifications. 

Why did you decide to take on an apprentice? 

We need to invest in our future and IPP-SSF strongly believes that apprenticeships should be the life blood of any growing business. 

What duties does the apprentice carry out? 

Our apprentice works in all departments at IPP-SSF, which involves bench, capstan & CNC lathe work. He has also worked in the dispatch area, which involves etching, packing, and netlon covering parts, and has also spent some time in the quality control department.  

He is required to carry out range of tasks including removing burrs from completed machined products using buffing wheels, threading of hexagon nuts using the tapping arm, and he also chamfers studbolts and nuts on to capstans and operates CNC lathes. 

How has the company benefitted from having an apprentice? 

Having someone within the business who is young, enthusiastic and eager to learn has a great effect on everyone – from older employees wanting to share their knowledge to pushing the younger people to want to learn more and move higher up in their relevant areas. 

What support did you receive from the college when setting up the apprenticeship and what support is provided to you and your apprentice during their training? 

We work with some very good & knowable people from the college – such as our account manager and workplace assessor.  

The apprenticeship was very easy to set up and didn’t take very long to do. The people we work with go the extra mile for us and especially for our apprentice – they are always willing to help and spend extra time with him if needed. 

What would you say to other employers who are considering taking on an apprentice? 

Go for it and invest in our future! 

We need to bring back apprenticeships to all our businesses, locally, nationally and globally, especially within the engineering and manufacturing sectors to name but a few – it’s easy to do and brings so much to the business.